Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Announcement

 

CAP is conducting a Training on Urban Garden without chemical at its premises 10, Jalan Masjid Negeri on 18 June 2016 from 9am-11.30am. Live demo on converting kitchen waste into fertilizers, making of growth promoters for plants, pot mixture and valuable gardening tips will be shared during training. Participation through registration only. SMS or whats app your registration to 012-5374899 / 017-4749504. Thank you.

Inhumane Transportation of Livestock

August 29th commemorates the biggest live export disaster which took place in 1996 when a ship carrying 67,000 sheep on board caught fire and disappeared in the Indian Ocean.  The ship was on route from Australia to Jordan – Australia’s biggest market for live sheep – when fire started in the engine room and spread to the crew’s quarters, killing one of the 55 crew members, while the remaining crew abandoned ship.

This tragic incident is not the only one, for another similar incident occurred in 1980, when 40,600 sheep were lost in a fire on a ship travelling from Tasmania to Iran.

Tobacco – A threat to development

The World No Tobacco Day which will be celebrated on 31 May has Tobacco – A threat to development and it is timely because tobacco use has posed as a scourge on the development of a country. Malaysia is not an exception because tobacco use has imposed a massive social and economic cost over the decades when the money spent could have been used for its development.

To understand the myths and fallacies that we have been fed by the tobacco industry, we have to look back into history to understand the present and the future.

On the contrary to what was believed, tobacco cultivation required heavy subsidy from the industry. Increased cultivation costs made local tobacco leaf expensive, e.g. in 1982, the price of domestically produced tobacco was RM68.25 per kg as compared with RM18.25 per kg Cost, Insurance, Freight (C.I.F.) value of imported tobacco.

Firefly Habitat and Aquatic Life of Sungai Sepetang Will Be Destroyed

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) expressed concern over the encroachment and destruction of the Sepetang River reserve in the Kerian and Larut Matang and Selama districts in Perak, which is still being carried out by irresponsible parties.

SAM’s recent survey with several committee members of Persatuan Kelip-Kelip Kampung Dew, Taiping found that an estimated 6 hectares of the Sepetang River reserve covered by Nipah (Nypa Fruticans) and Berembang (Sonneratia Caseolaris) trees have been felled.